The mild® procedure is a minimally invasive outpatient surgery that relieves lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) pain. According to data from 11 clinical studies, 79% of patients report 53% less overall pain after undergoing the mild® procedure. Many patients also reported increased mobility a year after their surgery. The mild® procedure has a low risk of complications, but not everyone is a candidate for this spinal surgery. Talk to your mild®-certified physician at Orthopedic and Wellness to see if this procedure is right for you. For severe cases of LSS, an open spinal decompression could be a more effective treatment option.
Overall, the procedure only takes about one hour to perform. Once patients are comfortable and have had all of their questions answered, they are positioned face down (prone position) and given intravenous sedation (IV). The area is then sterilized and numbed to minimize the risk of infection and reduce pain throughout the procedure. Using a fluoroscope, the physician identifies problem areas that may be causing LSS pain and makes a plan for the most effective way to decompress the spine. The physician uses a small, stabilized device just a few millimeters wide to reach the spine while still using the fluoroscope to get real-time, X-ray feedback. The physician can then decompress the nerve by removing excess ligaments or small bone spurs one by one, repeating the process until the decompression is complete. By doing so, more space is created in the spine and the nerves become less irritated.
After the procedure is complete, patients are monitored for a short period of time. Because general anesthesia is not used, patients can return home the same day. Patients do not usually require stitches after the procedure, but they may be given post-operative instructions to avoid complications upon returning home. Patients should rest during the first few days and only perform light activities after the first week of recovery. If patients do not experience a satisfactory amount of pain relief after a few weeks, they may want to explore spinal decompression surgery if they are suitable candidates.